Taming Cannibals: Race and the Victorians by Patrick Brantlinger

By Patrick Brantlinger

In Taming Cannibals, Patrick Brantlinger unravels contradictions embedded within the racist and imperialist ideology of the British Empire. for lots of Victorians, the assumption of taming cannibals or civilizing savages used to be oxymoronic: civilization was once a aim that the nonwhite peoples of the area couldn't reach or, at top, may perhaps purely approximate, but the "civilizing project" was once seen because the final justification for imperialism. equally, the supposedly unshakeable walk in the park of Anglo-Saxon racial superiority was once usually undercut via common fears approximately racial degeneration via touch with "lesser" races or matters that Anglo-Saxons can be outdated by way of anything superior-an even "fitter" or "higher" race or species.

Brantlinger strains the advance of these fears via shut readings of quite a lot of texts-including Robinson Crusoe through Daniel Defoe, Fiji and the Fijians via Thomas Williams, Daily lifestyles and beginning of the Tasmanians via James Bonwick, The Descent of Man via Charles Darwin, middle of Darkness by way of Joseph Conrad, Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold, She by way of H. Rider Haggard, and The struggle of the Worlds via H. G. Wells. in the course of the wide-ranging, capacious, and wealthy Taming Cannibals, Brantlinger combines the learn of literature with sociopolitical background and postcolonial conception in novel ways.

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